oa Botswana Notes & Records - First record of greater and lesser flamingos breeding in Botswana

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



On 28 June 1978, while flying over the great Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana, one of us (P.G.J.) observed breeding colonies of Greater and Lesser (Phoeniconaias minor) (Phoenicopterus ruber) flamingos on Sua Pan. Creches of Greater flamingo juveniles, not able to fly, were observed from the air as were Greater and Lesser flamingos occupying nests. Aerial photographs were taken from which counts of birds were made. The significance of this discovery is discussed below.

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